Random Roll #2 – Contax TVS + Ilford HP5

I’ve been hanging onto a few HP5 rolls, ready to be shot on my badass little Contax TVS which only recently arrived. I was able to track down an OG, version one with zoom-tab in completely new and mint condition from Japan for a couple of hundred dollars. It’s a pretty modern camera in terms of electronic performance, functions and overall speed for something that was produced in the 1990s.

For a film point-and-shoot it’s about as close to a dream shooter for me as possible due to its size and functionality. While the camera is still new to me and I’m still in the process of learning it’s functions, I can tell it’s a keeper for sure.

I decided to take the little champagney-silvery box out in Melbourne to the Queen Victoria Market, along Elizabeth Street and into Bourke Street Mall for a quick shoot around. For some ungodly reason, I decided to shoot this roll in the “Panorama” mode and the jury is still out on whether or not it was a success. While the results aren’t terrible, it’s pretty clear that the Contax TVS is not the Hasselblad X-PAN (but, is decent enough if you’re keen on poorly executed panoramas).

I doubt I’ll be using the panoramic mode again, but I’ll definitely shoot HP5 in the future.

Ilford’s HP5 is probably my favourite Black & White film stock ever, this roll really just confirms that for me. Finally, I have broken up with my last photo lab, collected my negs and this roll and all rolls moving forward will be scanned by the legends at Hillvale.

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I've been taking terrible street shots on and off since around 2014. I started this site in a attempt to better understand the process of photography and write about it at the same time. While I’m obsessed with gear like pretty much all photography nerds, I’m also obsessed with good photographs that make us feel something. I hoping that through this site my photography will develop into something that makes you feel something (other than complete disappointment, of course).


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